Step back in history and watch the water-powered gristmill grind corn and wheat into meal or flour. The restored antique mill takes one back to days gone by when the gristmill was the center of social activity for the locals. Watch the antique pulleys and belts work as they grind wheat for a delicious loaf of homemade bread, or just simply sit and listen to the water as it falls from the wheel into the pond below.
Today, many old homesteads in East Tennessee and North Carolina have the remains of an old gristmill on the property, but at Nolichuckey Bluffs, you can experience a fully-restored gristmill in operation. Surrounding the mill are identified plants native to East Tennessee preserved in one of the county’s untouched eco-systems.
The gristmill is a wonderful education experience for school children, or a relaxing place to get away from the noise of daily life.
At the gristmill, is an unexpected nature preserve where native East Tennessee plants have been identified with their common and scientific name. Many of these plants are a part of an untouched eco-system and are no longer found in the developed areas of Greene County. http://www.tva.gov/river/landandshore/stabilization/plantsearch.htm